Monday, March 18
was a 17th century lens grinder known for his precision
optical work. But it was his philosophy that made this Dutch-Jewish
thinker famous, then and now. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
how Spinoza's thoughts on God, the universe, ethics and politics helped
ignite the flame that became the Enlightenment.
Tuesday, March 19
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Patti Smith
Eleanor Wachtel talks to American singer-songerwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith.
Patti Smith's influence on the music world never depended on cranking
out hits. She's inspired people by knowing and doing what she wants.
Two years ago, she won a National Book Award for Just Kids, her memoir about her early life in New York with the radical photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. Camera Solo
- an exhibition of Patti Smith's photographs is now at the Art Gallery
of Ontario in Toronto. Eleanor spoke to Patti Smith live on-stage to a
packed house, earlier this month.
Wednesday, March 20
THE SIGNAL OF NOISE
Once long past, listening gave clues for survival. Now we listen
unconsciously, blocking noise and tuning in to what we want to hear. Yet
the unwanted sounds we filter out tell us a lot about our environment
and our lives. Broadcaster Teresa Goff listens for the messages in our walls of sound.
Thursday, March 21
RETHINKING DEPRESSION, Part 3
Depression. It has been called the mean reds. The blue devils. The black
dog. And through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly.
In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian
England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of
air. In the 1930's, procedures like lobotomies and electroconvulsive
therapy were used. Psychiatry's tools were crude and limited. No wonder
then, when the Age of the Antidepressant arrived, it was considered
psychiatry's triumph. Prozac came onto the market in 1988, followed
quickly by many similar drugs. But, since then, the number of people
afflicted with depression has soared. In this 3 part program, IDEAS
producer Mary O'Connell
explores the short and troubling history of the antidepressant
Friday, March 22
THE FOUR SEASONS OF MAVIS GALLANT
has written dozens of dazzling, sardonic,
heart-breaking short stories. She is acknowledged as a master of the
short-story and has been showered with honours. Yet she is not well
known in her home country - Canada. Now in her 90th year, she still
lives in the same small Parisian apartment she moved into almost 50
years ago. Rome-based writer and journalist Megan Williams
almost a week with Gallant in Paris, recording material for her
documentary portrait: The Four Seasons of Mavis Gallant
Ideas In The Afternoon - Monday, March 28OPENING THE BOOK
The book has stayed pretty much the same for over 500 years: a bunch
of paper pages between covers. It's been both finite and easily grasped.
But our digitally-connected world is forcing us to re-imagine what
books could be.